Analysis of Content
[a1r] Augustinus: [Retractatio II,6.] ed. A. Mutzenbecher, CCSL 57 (1984), 94. See CPL 250.
[a1r] Augustinus: Confessiones. ed. L. Verheijen, CCSL 27 (1981). See CPL 251.
[x4r] Bonus, Johannes: [Valedictory verse.] Incipit: ‘Quod laetum augustina ferat confessio foetum | Praesens fratre refert pagina pressa suo. | Theutonicis delatus enim bonus ære Iohannes | Hoc mediolani fertile pressit opus'; 2 elegiac distichs. BMC VI 728.
Imprint: Milan: Johannes Bonus, 21 July 1475. 4°.
Collation: [a–u8 x4].
GW: GW 2894;
Hain: HC 2031;
Goff: Goff A‑1251;
BMC: BMC VI 728 and VI p. xxiii;
Proctor: Pr 5883;
Others: CIBN A‑693; Oates 2272; Rhodes 203; Sheppard 4892.
Copy number: A-536(1)
Binding: Eighteenth-century red morocco, decorated on both covers with a gold-tooled double fillet forming a frame, a gold-tooled fleuron within each corner; on edges of the boards fern-tips within a broken zig-zag line; gold-tooled spine; marbled pastedowns.
Size: 218 × 158 × 30 mm.
Size of leaf: 210 × 138 mm.
On [a1r] a five-line initial ‘M' is supplied in purple on a gold ground, with blue infill, and foliate extensions into the gutter in red and green, and historiated with the figure of a bearded bishop, presumably Augustine, wearing a red robe with a black collar, and a mitre, and holding a crozier in his left hand, while giving a blessing with his right. Decorated in Milan: see Pächt and Alexander II, 114 no. pr. 134. Four- to five-line initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. Capitals touched with yellow wash.
Provenance: Milan, Augustinian Hermits, S. Maria coronata; sixteenth-century inscription on [a1r]. Use granted to brother Felicianus [Conradus?] of Cremona and confirmed by Basilius de Ripa (†1505), Vicar-general from 1500; ‘Ad usum fratris Feliciani de Cremona. Frater Basilius de Ripa v[icarius] g[eneralis] con[firmavit] manu propria'; inscription on [a1r]. George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough (1766-1840); sale (8 June 1819), lot 339(?). Purchased by Heber for £0. 12. 0, according to the price annotated in red ink in Heber's sale catalogue. Richard Heber (1773-1833); stamp on front endleaf; see Catalogue, 1 (1834), lot 647. Purchased for £0. 19. 0; see Books Purchased (1834), 2.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 7Q 4.30.
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